August 2, 2010 |
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
October 30, 2009 |
There is a pivotal scene in "Skin," a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story plucked out of the mess of South Africa's apartheid, when young Sandra Laing's father shouts the good news to the family -- "She's white again." Surreal and ironic, the moment captures the sensibility of this ambitious if sometimes uneven indie film with its eye always on the larger issues of race to be found within one unusual life. Those three simple words turn out to be anything but good news for the dark-skinned Sandy, who was classified white at birth, then reclassified "colored" (mixed race)
February 14, 2010 |
Not that I'm pointing fingers. Even I keep beauty products longer than I should — especially if they're expensive. But if you've ever seen those close-up images of the bacteria that feast on your lipstick, blush, eyeliner and everything else in your makeup bag when they are long past their prime, you'll change your tune. Use those outdated products and those very same bacteria just might infect you. Time to roll up your sleeves, march into your bathroom — garbage bag in hand — and start throwing away your old and possibly infested cosmetics and skin-care products.
August 16, 2012
A smash hit on its recent release in China, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" offers an over-the-top mix of fantasy, adventure and romance that plays as a fussy, convoluted mess. In an ancient world in which spirit demons roam the earth, the spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou), searching for a chance to become more human, finds herself matching wits with Princess Jing (Wei Zhao), who is on the run from threats against her, as the two both seek love on their own terms for their own ends. The film, a sequel to 2008's "Painted Skin," is directed by Wuershan, who also made the recent "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.
January 29, 1989
Re: "Celebrity Tattooing, for the Skin They Love to Touch Up" by Jeannine Stein, Jan. 13. Dear Trendmongers, How can all these people getting tattoos think they are being anti-social or rebellious when they're doing it to be like everyone else they know? The terms trendy or conformist would be more suitable. No wonder California is known as the airhead capital of the world. People would wear toilet seats around their necks if their favorite moronic rock star did it. RON KAISSER Norwalk
June 20, 2011 |
A biological Jell-O with a structure as precise as a microchip's could someday be the surgeon's patch to seal large, deep wounds and help them regrow skin. Using techniques borrowed from silicon chip design, researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a network of channels in soft sheets of collagen, a main component of skin. Body cells fill those channels with blood vessels — and that crucial blood supply, in turn, coaxes skin to regrow. This tissue template, described online May 6 in the journal Biomaterials, works well in mice.